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Life in Tudor Britain was harsh – the average life expectancy was just 35 years.

Most Tudor people lived in the countryside, but some people lived in towns or big Tudor cities like London, Bristol or Norwich.

Tudor England was a farming society. Most of the population (over 90 %) lived in small villages and made their living from farming. Under Tudor rule England became a more peaceful and richer place.

 

 Towns grew larger and the mining of coal, tin and lead became very popular.

 

Homelife

There were none of the comforts we have today. Water was collected from village pumps, wells or streams but was often polluted.

 

Toilets were called ‘Privies’ and were not very private at all. They were often just a piece of wood over a bowl or a hole in the ground.

People would wipe their bottoms with leaves or moss and the wealthier people used soft lamb’s wool.

In palaces and castles, which had a moat, the lords and ladies would retire to a toilet set into a cupboard in the wall called a garderobe. Here the waste would drop down a shaft into the moat below.

garderobe

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Tudor England was a farming society. Most of the population (over 90 %) lived in small villages and made their living from farming. Under Tudor rule England became a more peaceful and richer place. Towns grew larger and the mining of coal, tin and lead became very popular

There were none of the comforts we have today. Water was collected from village pumps, wells or streams but was often polluted.

 

Tudor Toilets

Toilets were called ‘Privies’ and were not very private at all. They were often just a piece of wood over a bowl or a hole in the ground.